Hawaiian returns home from Pacific Northwest, 1859.

From Keomolewa [Columbia River? Vancouver?]:—On this past 31st of August, a Hawaiian arrived from that land, his name being Kapoula. He lived there for a long time. He stated that their lives were difficult, because they did not have jobs to make a living. Some Hawaiians are long-time residents there, are well off, married Indian women, and had children and grandchildren. The wife, children, and friends of Kapoula are also thrilled at seeing him again, for they thought they’d never see his face again on this earth. It is because of the generosity of a certain captain who allowed him to ride his ship without paying, that he could see Hawaii once again.

[Keomolewa also seen as “Keamolewa”]

(Hoku Loa, 9/1859, p. 12)

Mai Keomolewa mai...

Ka Hoku Loa, Buke I, Helu 3, Aoao 12. Sepatemaba, 1859.

Description of Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island) and a lesson on sustainable living. 1859.


O Hoku Loa:

Aloha oe:—The 24th of August, which was a Thursday, was a day of party at the shore of Mokuoloe; it is a small island to the Northeast of Kaneohe, and yet plants grow upon it: sweet potato, gourd, banana, coconut, and its shady kukui grove. The focus of the feast was the sweet potato and gourd; it was a fine party, with many people who came from Kahaluu, and Mokapu, and it was very pleasant in the shade of the kukui, with enough food for all that came; the great spread of produce well-cared for by the farmers of this tiny Island was astonishing, and it would be a good thing if all our own lands were taken care of in the same way, then we’d in time be feasting off of the fruits. With mahalo, your friend.

D. Kaialau.

[For more on Moku o Lo’e, see the recent publication: Moku o Lo’e: A History of Coconut Island.

The images for Hoku Loa will hopefully be put up online soon!]

(Hoku Loa, 9/1859, p. 9)


Ka Hoku Loa, Buke I, Helu 3, Aoao 9. Sepatemaba, 1859.